Top Chardonnay Destination

Burgundy, the epitome of a popular varietal


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Top Chardonnay Destination With our discussion of Chardonnay in full swing during #GTiChardonnay, I pondered the question, “Where would I most want to drink Chardonnay?”

There are many great answers to this dilemma, though the best all include one thing: being close to where that great Chardonnay is produced. And no one has yet equaled the greatest Chardonnays of Burgundy.

While I may personally prefer Chablis, the world recognizes the Côte de Beaune, with vineyards like Corton Charlemagne, Montrachet and Meursault, as the epitome of what can be achieved with Chardonnay. So taking my cue from the masses that know best, I took a look to see what a luxury getaway to Beaune might look like. 

Glorious hotels, fine food and interesting side trips are all part of this fantasy league travel.

Do you have your favorites in Beaune? Let us know what they are and we can insert them into the rotation, making this team effort stronger and more awesome!

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  • I don't think that Anne Claude Leflaive would be impressed to see that your article mentioning Domaine Leflaive is accompanied by a photograph of an Olivier Leflaive advertising board!!

    Jan 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM


  • Indeed I stayed at Leflaive in 2010 and it was fantastic. The rooms were luxurious, ours had a private terrace at the back, my uncle had one at the front. The rooms were charming as well, just picture perfect. We had teh 'tapas' dinner which was an excellent meal of basically four delicious courses, just right in quantity. The previous year I stayed with my father in the Montrachet which I do not recommend.

    Jan 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM


  • Snooth User: alanol
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    Hotel Le Cep. 4 star quality and service, right in the center of Beaune, excellent choice. Don't miss the tour at Bouchard e Fils it features a series of stations dedicated to examples of tactile (velvet, leather, silk etc.) and olfactory (various berries, herbs, fruits etc.) perceptions that the tour guide helps relate to t experience of the wine. Tasting bar at Chevalier Montrachet was friendly and not crowded. Hospice du Beaune also can't be missed.

    Jan 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM


  • I have just returned from spending a week in Burgundy where we stayed at a magnificent five star property owned by wine negotiant Jean-Christophe Thomas and his talented wife Isabelle. The old property has been completely modernised and is truly luxurious with every comfort you could wish. As we were there in January, the open fire was used every evening, but for those lucky enough to be there in warmer months, there is a lovely pool. The property is literally sandwiched between the vines of Meursault on one side and Puligny-Montrachet on the other. Jean-Christophe can take you to wine tastings at places you would never even know about. It's called Hameau de Blagny - I thoroughly recommend it. http://www.hameau-de-blagny.com

    Jan 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM


  • I have just returned from a week in Burgundy where we stayed in a magnificent five star property owned by wine negotiant Jean-Christpophe Thomas and his talented wife Isabelle. It has been completely modernised to meet even the most exacting standards for a luxurious stay. As we were there in January, we used the open fire every evening, but for those lucky enough to be there in the warmer months, there is a lovely pool. The property is literally sandwiched between the vines of Meursault on one side and Puligny-Montrachet on the other. The town of Puligny-Montrachet is two minutes down the hill and Meursault five minutes the other direction. Jean-Christophe took us to some wine tastings at small places we would never have been able to visit on our own, and both he and Isabelle (who live in Meursault) were always on hand with assistance, advice, restaurant bookings whenever we needed. It's called Hameau de Blagny and I thoroughly recommend it. http://www.hameau-de-blagny.com

    Jan 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM


  • I recently reviewed a Cotes de Beaune red for a regional monthly wine newsletter I write for here in Colorado. The earthy, cellar nose of this wine brought back memories of Les Marche Aux Vins in the center of Beaune, which is the "wine cooperative" for the regional wine producers. For a very nominal tasting fee, one is handed a glass and simply turned loose to wander at will through the vast cellar of this 500 year old former Franciscan church sampling the wares of countless Burgundy vineyards as you please. The classic vintage wines of the region are offered in a more formal tasting setting upstairs on the ground floor level. Researching for my article brought back such wonderful memories of this fantastic region that I am already in the planning stages for a return trip. Bob Murphy --The WineGuy

    Jan 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM


  • Simple is good.

    On our four-day trip to Beaune in September, we rented the modernized 17th century duplex flat at http://www.barbary-lane-houserental... in the center of town. From there we were able to buy wine locally and bring back goodies from the farmer's market to cook up some fabulous treats in our incredibly charming abode. For breakfast, we could pop across the street to pick up a freshly baked baguette.

    Our first night's dinner, we walked two blocks down to a favorite of the locals, Le Ciboulette (http://www.burgundyeye.com/restaura...). The absolute simplicity and spot-on flavors of the meals, combined with a fine wine list, brought us back for our last night for our farewell dinner. Not to be missed, their version of Oeufs en Meurette. (The latter website is super helpful for those unfamiliar with the Bourgogne area.)

    A nice way to learn more, see the area, and taste at a few of the vintners is to book a private tour with the small and friendly http://www.tasteburgundy.com company. Highly recommended!

    Jan 30, 2012 at 9:13 PM


  • Snooth User: Stevern86
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    Does anyone know where to get the stemware in the photograph above of the table at Caveau des Arches? I have scoured the internet to no avail. Any info about these wine glasses would be much appreciated.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM


  • Snooth User: vin0vin0
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    Last September we spent four glorious days in Puligny-Montrachet (population 450, winemakers 440?) in the fantastic B&B Domaine des Anges (http://www.domainedesangespuligny.com/). Some sources say Puligny-Montrachet produces the world's best Chardonnay and after our time there I cannot argue with that claim. Of course, sampling these wines in the village itself adds tenfold to the overall experience. The white burgundies we tasted were crisp, clean, flinty and minerally, extremely well balanced with stone fruits and some citrus. Some were sharp enough to shave the hair off your tongue. We didn't find any buttery or oaky chardonnays here, not their style.

    For dinner one night we walked over to La Maison d'Olivier Leflaive (http://www.maison-olivierleflaive.f...) and indulged ourselves with the "Prestige" wine tasting with dinner. Food was just so-so but the line up of wines was incredible, from regional to Grand Cru. Included was a vineyard and winery tour the next day. All in all a fantastic educational experience.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM


  • For a truly sublime white Burgundy experience, go for Sunday lunch at Le Chassagne http://www.restaurant-lechassagne.com/. All the meals are prepared to go with white Burgundies. Then go for a walk through the little village up to the higher area, into the vineyards and you have a beautiful view of the entire classic Chassagne-Montrachet area. Of course they do dinners as well, but we've always gone there for a Sunday lunch (we are winemakers and go every year to Burgundy to visit our barrel makers).

    Jan 31, 2012 at 8:31 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    In the interests of transparencey, Greg, may I ask how you/Snooth chose these places? I assume you haven't stayed there yourself.

    The Hotel de la Poste is the first place I ate in Beaune, many, many years ago and before its current ownership by a chain. Many other places have caught my interest since.

    Feb 05, 2012 at 1:54 AM


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